Saturday, July 21, 2018

The old Towai Tavern


After a long 6 hour drive up on Monday we are now in Kerikeri and settled in the new house. It really is quiet here - we live down a quiet street in amongst some other equally lovely new houses and yet if we walk up the road 5 minutes we are on the main street into town which takes about 15 minutes on foot. So far we've only had to use the car once but other than that if we need something we walk so it's been good exercise.

Do any of you have Netflix? We've had it for about 6 months now and it really is very good. I like learning things about different cultures so I enjoy watching international movies (with sub-titles). Yesterday I watched an Italian movie called "Holy Goalie" about a group of monks who form a soccer team to win a championship and last week I watched a movie based on the artist "Jackson Pollack". My mum's father was an artist who held exhibitions in Auckland City during the 1960s so myself and various cousins have artistic abilities that we enjoy in our spare time so I guess some of those genes have sprinkled through the family.

The above photo is of the old Towai Tavern situated in Hikurangi just outside of Kawakawa. This place is on the historic places trust of NZ. It was established approx 133 years ago and was then moved in 1933 further up the hill on rollers, guess it makes sense to have it right next to the state highway. Looks quirky on the outside, we didn't stop and peek inside but will have to go back sometime and check it out properly.

13 comments:

  1. Have driven past it lots of times but never stopped, always on the way somewhere - usually Auckland or Kaitaia

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  2. A neat looking tavern. It must have been a chore to move that 2 storey building.

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  3. I'm assuming that's a mannequin up on the second floor.

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    1. yes it's a mannequin, not sure why it's up there but it looks like it's quirky enough place.

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  4. The building reminds me of the ones that you see in western cowboy movies.

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  5. I would definitely stop by for a bite to eat, that place looks cool

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    1. yeah I reckon aye? I like quirky places, anything that stands out.

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  6. I've driven past it too on many occasions but never stopped. It's a shame really. I probably won't be going past again.

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  7. So pleased to hear that you have arrived and happily settled into your new home Amy. Sounds like it's in the perfect spot, excellent to have most things within walking distance. No I don't have Netflix but I do love foreign movies, they have such a different take on life ☺

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  8. I would have made my hubby stop in. I love old buildings and historical sites.

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    1. It was just Renee and I in my car and because we were nearly at our destination we were too tired to stop, but we will go back there at some point.

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  9. So glad you are settled in and it sounds like a lovely place to live (I love living here in Oregon where now I can walk to so many different places, so to me that is a definite plus!!)

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  10. Hi Amy - I just stumbled across your blog. You definitely should stop in at the Towai Tavern. It has some creative stuff inside and the staff are lovely. Nice to find a local NZ blog - must have a look at some more of it!

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